Evaluation of EFL Textbook ‘Traveller Elementary’ from the Perspectives of Instructors and University Students

https://doi.org/10.36892/ijlls.v1i2.46

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Textbook Evaluation, Selecting Materials, Criteria for evaluation

Abstract

Undoubtedly, foreign language teaching intends to make students obtain the required competence so as to get the linguistic knowledge needed in a foreign language. With this respect, a textbook should supply to the users as much as possible, be satisfactory to fit into the syllabus, and meet all the needs and expectations of the students during the learning process in order to achieve required targets in foreign language learning. Particularly in English Language Teaching, textbooks as the basic instructional materials are expected to build learners’ four skills that are speaking, listening, reading and writing. Depending on this basic assumption, this study attempts to get in-depth evaluation of the textbook in terms of methodology and language content, language skills, practicality, topic, social and cultural values by taking into consideration university first year students and their instructors’ evaluations, observations, beliefs, and suggestions on the textbook. From the students’ perspectives, results reveal that the textbook is moderately efficient in terms of methodology and language content, language skills, practicality, topic, social and cultural values; however, instructors find some parts of the textbook weak; especially some aspects of language skills, practicality, social and cultural values. As a result, the textbook is neither completely insufficient nor perfectly adequate. At the end of the study some suggestions for instructors and material writers are provided.  

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Author Biographies

Kürşat CESUR, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Turkey

Kürşat CESUR was born in Çanakkale in 1982. He graduated from Kütahya Anatolian Teacher Training High School in 2000. He got his BA degree from the ELT Department of Hacettepe University in 2004 and his MA degree from the ELT department of Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University in 2008. In 2012, he got his PhD degree in the field of ELT at Gazi University. In 2013, he became Assistant Professor Doctor in the ELT department of COMU, where he started working as an instructor of English in 2004. Now, he has been working and giving the course named "Teaching English to Young Learners" both at BA and MA levels at the ELT Department of Faculty of Education, COMU since 2013.

Narin ÖZİŞLER, Ministry of National Education, Turkey

Narin ÖZİŞLER has had her MA degree recently at the ELT department of Canakkale Onsekiz MArt University. She has been working as an English teacher for nearly 15 years in different state schools in Turkey.  

Published

2019-09-10

How to Cite

CESUR, K., & ÖZİŞLER, N. (2019). Evaluation of EFL Textbook ‘Traveller Elementary’ from the Perspectives of Instructors and University Students. International Journal of Language and Literary Studies, 1(2), 1-16. https://doi.org/10.36892/ijlls.v1i2.46